If you'd have told me this time last year that come August 2013, I'd be in a German aircraft hanger looking lustfully at fat bikes, I'd have told you where to go. And yet, here I am, at Eurobike 2013 with a memory card full of fatties, and only a mild sense of revulsion – a sense which is being rapidly overwhelmed by a sense of intrigue (reader, I am but a fat bike virgin).
Fat bikes started as an elaborate joke when someone thought it would be comical to ride a bike across Alaska, and at first the world laughed along in unison. Somewhere along the line, something happened whereby these monstrosities started becoming more commonplace, and now, any manufacturer worth their salt has a chubster in their range. Even the jokers at Specialized have got in on the act.
Fat's beginning to look normal.
It's notable that we haven't even got as far as the Surly or Salsa stands - more fat to follow when we do...
|Salsa's Beargrease carbon is fat, but don't call it obese|
|Specialized has joined the chub-club with its FatBoy|
|Specialized's fat rim|
|Nicolai's belt-drive porker is quite a thing. Check out the Reverb stealth post. This guy on the right seemed quite taken with it|
|Charge Cooker Maxi fat bike|
|Velotraum rocking a dynamo fat hub (nice!) and a colour matched rack (practical!)|
|Congrats to Vee Rubber for getting their tubby treads onto so many bikes this year, including this KHS|
|This is the Edge Artic (sic) SL, from Asia. It's carbon and it looks pretty darned tidy. We didn't ask how much.|
|Kona can normally be relied on for crass jokes. We were disappointed by the lack of "Your mom's so fat" gags associated with their new WO|